FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Mouth breathing can be a sign there is blockage in the nasal cavity, low tongue resting posture or an obstructed or narrow airway.
Who breathes through their mouth and what are some signs?
What is mouth breathing?
Humans are obligate nose breathers upon birth. This means that we breathe through our nose throughout the day and night, and only open our mouths when we eat and speak. Mouth breathing is when our mouth is open, tongue is low, and air flows in and out of our body through our mouth.
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15 min Phone Consultation: FREE
Patient Bag with Tools: $25
60-90 min Full Evaluation: $295.00
Foundational Program 12-15 Therapy Sessions 30-45 min: $2200.00. A 10% discount is applied if amount is paid in full.
Mini Myo Program (4-6 year old) 6 Therapy Sessions 30-45 min.: $800.00
*PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
How much does it cost?
How long does treatment take?
Treatment can range from 3-4 months for adults and 6-12 months for children . But this is not a rule, it depends on the chief complaint, motivation of the patient and if any other therapy/ treatment modalities are involved.
After our free phone consult and an appointment is made, you will get an email from our software (Simple Practice) asking you to fill out paperwork. After your full evaluation you will get a bag of tools that will be used for therapy. Keep them in a safe place. Items can be replaced with an extra cost. Therapy appointments are usually weekly and last 30-45 min.
How does therapy work?
What are some treatment goals?
Treatment goals may include normalizing tongue and lip resting postures, establish nasal breathing patterns and creating a correct swallowing pattern.
We usually start seeing patients around age 5 and into adulthood. *If you have an younger child, you can reach out to a speech pathologist who also practices orofacial myology.
What age range do you work with?
What are the benefits of orofacial myofunctional therapy?
Proper breathing, reduction in teeth grinding, reduced nasal obstruction, reduction in sleep apnea episodes, straighter teeth, better facial symmetry, improved posture, better sleep, improved attention span, ability to move oral muscles properly, nail biting and other oral habits.
Problems with eating, chewing and swallowing. Narrow palate, speech, low tongue resting posture, narrow airway, sleep apnea, mouth breathing, inflammation of tonsils and adenoids, malocclusion, ear infections, poor latching during breastfeeding, poor posture, jaw pain and more.
What are problems that are correlated with Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD)?
Who can benefit from orofacial myofunctional therapy?
OMT may benefit those who suffer from: Obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, allergies/asthma, dental malocclusion (crowded teeth), orthodontic relapse/stability, tonsil and ear infections, tempromandibular joint (TMJ) pain, neck pain, thumb sucking or pacifier use, bedwetting.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy involves a program of therapeutic exercises to help retrain adaptive patterns of muscle function, and to create and maintain a healthy orofacial environment.
What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?
What is a tongue tie/lip tie/buccal tie?
A condition that restricts movement of the tongue, lip or cheek. The condition is present at birth. A short, tight band of tissue tethers or connects the tongue’s tip to the floor of the mouth.
Episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep
Pausing of breath during sleep for over 10 seconds
Gasping for air during sleep
Awakening with a dry mouth
Difficulty staying asleep
Excessive daytime sleepiness
Difficulty paying attention while awake
What are the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea?
At what age can a restricted frenum attachment be detected and released?
At any age, but as early as birth.
Physician, ENT, Dentist, Registered Dental Hygienist, Pediatricians, Speech and Language Pathologists, and those trained in myofunctional disorders.
Who can detect or diagnose a restricted frenum attachment?
What can I do to stop mouth breathing?
Seek the professional advice of a myofunctional therapist to offer a comprehensive evaluation of airway and tongue position. Referrals will be made as the next step to a better you.
Your frenum (also called frenulum) is a band of tissue that connects you cheeks, tongue or lips to other soft or hard tissue in the mouth. Some are more noticeable than others. Some are tighter than others.
What is a frenum/frenulum?
Does mouth breathing affect the growth and development of the face?
As a chronic mouth breather, facial development is disrupted and can result in an elongated face malocclusion and orthodontic relapse.
Mouth breathing is damaging to the gingival tissue and can lead to inflammation in the tonsil and adenoids, chronic bad breath, tooth decay and periodontal disease.